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Sanskrit Studies

The Sanskrit Studies area features immersive study of the Sanskrit language in Sanskrit medium, starting from basic familiarity, moving towards proficiency and takes the students deep into the world of mastery of Sanskrit. Underscoring the importance of Sanskrit for the study of the source texts of the Vedas, Vedanta, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Shastras, in general, i.e. the varied knowledge systems rooted in Hindu thought, this collection of courses focus on practice-oriented study, providing direct, unmediated access to these source-texts without having to rely on translations. Immersion in this area prepares students for a rigorous engagement with Hindu knowledge systems including the literary, spiritual and scientific literature embedded in the Sanskrit language. It enables the students to explore ancient and classical texts such as the Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas and the Prasthana Traya with a commitment and concern for the wellbeing and future of humanity. Students who wish to specialize in Sanskrit may take a minimum of six and as many as ten different courses from the Sanskrit Concentration, in addition to the basic Hindu Studies Foundation courses to complete the course work requirements for their Graduate Degrees.

vedanta

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Vedanta)

The Vedic body of knowledge provides scope for different interpretations even when connected with the same objectives. Particularly, the last ...
ayurveda

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Āyurveda)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing ...
jyotish

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Jyotiṣa)

The Vedic knowledge systems of the Hindu traditions were supported by auxiliary systems called Vedāṅgas in understanding the form, structure, ...
advanced ayurveda

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Āyurveda)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing ...
universe

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Jyotisha)

Jyotiṣa (loosely translated as astrology/astronomy), described as the eyes of the Vedas, uses mathematical calculations as tools for comprehending the ...
values

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Yoga)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing ...
Sāhitya - IV

Sāhitya – IV

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner ...
Sāhitya - III

Sāhitya – III

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner ...
Sāhitya - II

Sāhitya – II

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner ...
Sāhitya - I

Sāhitya – I

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner ...
grammar

Vyākaraṇa – IV

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as ...
Vyākaraṇa – III

Vyākaraṇa – III

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as ...
Vyākaraṇa – II

Vyākaraṇa – II

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as ...
Vyākaraṇa – I

Vyākaraṇa – I

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as ...
Vedas

The Vedas (Atharva)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like the ...
vedas

The Vedas (Yajus-Sāma)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like the ...
Woman doing yoga in Vishnu temple in Hampi, India

Applied Vedic Sciences Basic (Yoga)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing ...
sanskrit text

Mīmāṁsā Advanced

Epistemology is an important subject of study across several śāstras in the Indic knowledge tradition, in both Vedic and non-Vedic ...
Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

The key features of the Navya-nyāya system of thought as it evolved in time to become the main pramāṇa-śāstra (loosely ...
Vedas

The Vedas (Ṛgveda)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The Ṛgveda ...
Team project

Term Project – Sanskrit Studies

At the end of 36 Credit-hours of course work, students will have an adequate introduction to the subjects of study ...
Mīmāṁsā Basic

Mīmāṁsā Basic

In the Hindu knowledge traditions, the science of interpreting various Vedic injunctions and aphorisms, and methods of reconciling apparently conflicting ...
Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Two distinct systems of classification of world phenomena, i.e. ontologies have emerged from the Vedic thought called Nyāya and Vaiśeṣika ...
Vedic Science Foundations

Vedic Science Foundations

India has its own highly systematized method of scientific discourse that is followed in all scientific texts, called śāstras. Every ...
Vyākaraṇa

Vyākaraṇa

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī, a monumental work in the sūtra format (aphorisms) is much beyond a grammar for the Sanskrit language. The ...
Introduction to Vedas

Introduction to Vedas

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The vast ...
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